It’s true: Miracles take time.
But Lord have mercy, how I don’t have patience for time.
I don’t want to wait on them.
And when that child tells his sister she is most unwelcome to play his game, I throw my hands up in the air and wonder how long will it take for him to learn a little unselfish sibling love?
I don’t want to wait on him to figure it out.
I don’t want to wait on Him, either. I want to see some results pronto.
But if I am going to have true, lasting faith in God, then I must accept that much of what He teaches is not up for observation. We don’t learn from studying things right in front of us. Rather, we learn from accepting what isn’t. The hard part is believing it’s there just the same.
Sometimes, we must believe the invisible.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
I did not see God create the world with my own eyes. Yet I believe He brought life from formless black nothing. When He commands, things happen.
So, while today my kids are ornery, this relationship is torn, that dream is unfulfilled, I have faith it’s never hopeless because God makes the invisible visible. He creates life from nothing. We just need to have the patience to persevere and keep the faith that through this, we will inherit His promises (Hebrews 6:12).
I tend to see patience as an annoying do-nothing, someone who’s just sitting around expecting opportunity to drop in her lap. But the truth is patience is quietly working at her desk, just waiting for the best opportunity to show her profitable work. Things are most assuredly happening while we are patient, but what’s happening is invisible.
In the Christian walk, we don’t always see first and then believe. Sometimes, seeing is not believing. Rather believing is seeing.
May the eyes of our faith be open to believe.
Amy Hunt says
I’ve had several “tired of being momma” types of days lately…and your words here today, they are just what I needed–a reminder to choose patience and persevere. This is my worship.
Good stuff, friend!
I love how you say “This is my worship.” It is, isn’t it? Choosing faith even in those quiet, ordinary moments is worship. And sometimes I think it’s harder to choose worship then than it is for the big scary stuff. Thank you, Amy!
I’ve heard endurance/ patience/ perseverance so many times in the last few days and I am in a very difficult situation. Agh! Quick fixes don’t always produce the results God is looking for I guess. And He knows best!
Me too, Anna. He has to give me the same message over and over because I’m a slow learner. 🙂 Praying your situation is resolved soon and for peace in the waiting.
Paola Rarick says
Brilliant and Beautiful!!! Aaahhh!!! I feel at rest remembering this is true!!!! Thanks for taking the time to refresh us!!!